The start of the new semester is right around the corner! Even though I am a senior, I still get nervous about the start of a new semester, but there are some tips and tricks that I use to help ease myself when entering a new chapter of the year.
Write down your goals. There is something to be said about putting pen to paper and having that list hold you accountable.
Purchase a planner and write down all of the relevant dates seen on FIT’s academic calendar. Having a planner allows you to stay organized and focused on the days to come and not overbook or overwork yourself.
Visualize yourself in class to put you at ease. You already have at least one semester under your belt, so you know how your classes will typically operate.
Email your professors over break. While you may not get a 24 hour response time, it is a good idea to check in with them to see if you will need to purchase the textbook in advance, that you’re looking forward to their class, and if there are any additional supplies or materials.
Schedule something fun with your friends at the end of the first week of classes. Having an event to look forward to can help keep your mood and outlook positive!
A 15 minute train ride and across the Hudson River lives the city of Hoboken, New Jersey. I moved to Hoboken back in May and it was one of the best decisions of my life. Not only is it an easy commute to school, but Hoboken has some incredible restaurants! I highly recommend taking the quick PATH train over and trying one of these spots:
Tony Boloney’s: Known for their crazy pizza slices and Atlantic City-inspired food. From loaded fries to chicken and waffles pizza, this place is sure to make you salivate!
Honeygrow: A healthy hot spot where you can create your own salad, stir fry, or healthy Honeybar dessert made from fruit, honey, and toppings!
Crepe Guru: The famous French crepe made right in front of you and ready to eat! With a Peanut Butter and Nutella crepe on the menu, how can you say no?!
Fiore Deli: Known as one of the best deli’s in town, you have to hit up this famous eatery! Old school meets delicious food!
Carlo’s Bakery: The famous home to the Cake Boss! Tons of different desserts and treats lighting up from behind the glass. One of the most famous Hoboken tourist attractions, but well worth waiting in any long line!
Karma Kafe: The top notch Indian restaurant in Hoboken with massive portions and a cozy atmosphere to match. They recently reopened after a fire that occurred in February. The customers of Hoboken have been patiently waiting!
If you’re an international student (like myself) and are planning on having a non-credit internship next semester (Spring 2017), I would suggest you apply now for an OPT approval. It takes about 90 days to process, so make sure you do it before you leave for Winter break.
The first thing you’re going to want to do is go to the international student services on the first floor of the B (B103) building and request the form to apply for an OPT. Next you’re going to have to take two passport pictures and make a check for 380$ to the USCIS. Once you’ve done this, make sure you schedule an appointment with Erika Rohrback. I would almost suggest scheduling it, once you’ve gotten the form to fill out, just to make sure you get a meeting with her (since she is very busy). If she tells you everything looks good, you just have to wait for them to approve your OPT and you’re good start working!
We are in the final stretch of the semester which means winter break is only a few short days away! It’s easy to get caught up in the stress of finals, packing, traveling, and saying goodbye to friends for a few weeks, but make sure that you don’t forget the following as you depart New York:
Return your textbooks!
Check out of the dorms/inform your RA (if living in the dorms)
Don’t forget to lock your apartment/dorm door (you’d be surprised how many people have forgotten)
Turn off your heat while you’re away so that you don’t run up a huge bill
Double check that you have your wallet, ID, and passport
Bring your winter coat with you even if you’re traveling somewhere warm. You’ll need it once you travel back to the city
Don’t forget a portable charger for your travels and be sure to always have snacks!
Clean out your fridge/pantry and dispose of any perishables
It’s the most wonderful time of the year….FINALS! This isn’t the most exciting or least stressful part of the year, however it is a time where you can look back and appreciate how much you have learned in a single semester. Before you panic, take a moment to appreciate that you have gotten this far in your education! Being enrolled in college is a huge accomplishment and you should be very proud. In dealing with finals, it is best to take a calm approach. Panicking, stressing, and cramming will not do you any good, so hopefully by the time you are reading this, you are at a point where you can prepare in advance!
Don’t wait until the review. The final exam review is typically 1 week before the exam, which doesn’t leave you much time to study among all of your other classes, projects, and assignments. If you write out a study guide or key topics that you discussed in class prior to the review, it will help to refresh your memory and help guide you for the exam prep. We often forget the information that we learned during week 1, so try your best to review those old notes.
Take study breaks. If you begin studying in advance, you will allow more time to gradually learn and absorb all of the information. With that, you should allow yourself to take a break from studying to go get ice cream, take a shower, order dinner, or watch an episode of television.
Put your phone volume on, but put it across the room. It may sound ridiculous to keep your phone volume on, but I’ve noticed that I always want to check my phone to see if I got any notifications. By turning your volume on, you’ll know when someone is trying to reach you rather than constantly being worried if you missed a text or call by having it on silent.
Study with friends. Like all successful business partnerships, your partner will usually possess skills that you do not have. The same thing applies to study partners. They may understand a section that you need extra help on and the same can be said vice versa. By teaching a topic, you are also helping yourself reassure your knowledge and awareness on the topic.